As a member of the Sisters of Providence, I believe SI may have committed a sin of omission by not making the world champion Chicago White Sox the main cover image (Nov. 7). Tom Brady and Peyton Manning could have been featured in the circular inset. But your story All for One on the Sox was great. You are granted forgiveness.
Jean Kenny, S.P., Chicago
As a White Sox fan who was at the victory parade--standing next to converted Cubs fans--I can say this much to everyone else: You missed something special, a mammoth outpouring of joy and relief.
Michael Niksic, Chicago
The Sox did not get all the calls in their favor (Crank Calls, Nov. 7). Few people seemed to notice that the calls went both ways, because the White Sox made up for calls that went against them by promptly getting a big hit or out. There will always be bad calls in baseball. The champions overcome them, while the runners-up use them as excuses.
Kit Kadlec, Riverside, Ill.
Who's the Man?
In Face Off (Nov. 7) you anoint the two best quarterbacks in the NFL but don't mention Brett Favre. He is tied for third in the league in TD passes, despite being surrounded by a crew that might get cut by an Arena League team.
Lance Wachholz, Hudson, Wis.
Your cover says that Brady and Manning are the two best quarterbacks in the NFL, yet through Week 10 Manning was not one of the top two in passing yards, Brady was not one of the top two in touchdowns, and neither was one of the top two in quarterback rating. Meanwhile Carson Palmer was one of the two best in TDs and QB rating.
Sean Faltermeier, Richmond
The Brady versus Manning debate reminded me of the times in the 1960s when my best friend and I would argue over who was better: his Baltimore Colts and Johnny Unitas, or my Green Bay Packers and Bart Starr. He would tell me that Johnny U. had the better stats, and I'd say, "Maybe, but Mr. Starr has more rings." Same thing with Tom Brady. Game, set and match.
Jeff Breitenfield, Verona, Wis.
Could you imagine George Steinbrenner, after losing the 2001 and '03 World Series to small-market teams--the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Florida Marlins--saying, "No hard feelings from me; in fact, from now on let's split our TV revenue 50-50." Yet that's exactly what the late Wellington Mara (SCORCARD, Nov. 7) believed during a similar period of lost championship games. He realized that equal TV revenue meant a level playing field and a better NFL.
Marc Kurman, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Let Mike Be Mike?
In his column on Michael Jordan (AIR AND SPACE, Nov. 7), Jack McCallum evokes the old Nike commercial with the tagline "It's gotta be the shoes" and writes, "Eventually, it's gotta be about more than that." Why? Why do writers require that highly successful and famous Americans, especially nonwhite Americans, give more than they've already delivered? Jordan owes us nothing. How he chooses to use his fame is his business.
Mike Fanning, Pittsburgh
Your article Ground Breakers (Nov. 7) mentions how in 1951 a player from Oklahoma A&M broke the jaw of Drake running back Johnny Bright, an example of the gratuitous punishment meted out to young black men who dared to play college sports in that era. Photographers John Robinson and Don Ultang of the Des Moines Register received the Pulitzer Prize for their frame-by-frame documentation of the attack. LIFE magazine picked up these photos, and the incident received worldwide exposure. But there is a "bright" side to the story. Although drafted in the first round by the Philadelphia Eagles, Johnny Bright chose to come to Canada instead and played in the Canadian Football League for 13 seasons. He remained in the country, raised a family and taught in the Edmonton school system. Revered for his athletic prowess, he was also highly regarded for his work with youth. He received many accolades, not the least of which was admission to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame before his death, in December 1983.
Kenneth B. Jacobs, Ottawa
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BOB ROSATO (MANNING); PETER READ MILLER (BRADY)
JOHN ROBINSON/DES MOINES REGISTER & TRIBUNE (2); DON ULTANG/DES MOINES REGISTER & TRIBUNE
HATE IN ACTION Photos left no doubt that Bright was deliberately attacked on the field.